Heavy rain Friday contributed to conditions resulting in a crash on I-30 West that sent three to the hospital, including a 2-year-old girl.
Shortly after 9 a.m., A Hope man was driving west on I-30 near the 22 mile marker with a woman and child as passengers when the Chevrolet Cruise they were traveling in reportedly hit a patch of water and hydroplaned, causing him to lose control of the car. The Cruise veered left into the median and crashed head-on into a pine tree on the front passenger side.
The Arkansas State Police, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, Hope Fire Department and Pafford EMS all had units respond to the crash. Initially, the female passenger was reportedly entrapped in the car but was able to get out by the time firefighters arrived on scene.
Traffic became hazardous as low visibility and heavy rain impaired drivers’ abilities to see very far ahead as they approached the slowed traffic that bottle-necked to one lane to pass by the site of the crash.
Firefighters and two crews from Pafford tended the three occupants and got them moved out of the weather and into the ambulances. All three were transported to Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana.
Trooper Darren Henley worked the crash with the assistance of Hempstead County Deputies.